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Youth Football Practice Officially Kicks Off
Members of the Riverbank Raiders Cheer Squad work out the kinks as the girls and Varsity Squad Coach Megan Shelp, right, warm up for practice. Preparation for the 2015 football campaign began with workouts for both players and cheerleaders at the Riverbank Sports complex on Monday, July 29. Ric McGinnis/The News


All four teams of the Riverbank Raiders youth football organization teams began their pre-season practice sessions at the Sports Complex this past week, during some of the warmest weather of the summer so far.

The players and cheerleaders are working out as a build up to the Opening Day Jamboree on Saturday, Aug. 15 when the teams travel to Linden. They’ll scrimmage against the host team as well as Amador and Ripon in the four-squad event.

Week one of the regular competition starts on Saturday, Aug. 22, hosting Waterford with four games through the afternoon, from 12:30 p.m. through about 8 p.m.

The Raiders have been told by Riverbank High School administrators that the work on the all-weather track should be completed in time for that game. The teams start out practicing five days a week, but as school starts, officials said, practices are cut to three days per week.

The regular season ends with week nine games on Oct. 17, with playoffs on Oct. 24 and 31. The Motherlode Valley Football League Superbowl is scheduled for Nov. 7.

The teams are broken into four age groups: the Junior Novices are 7- and 8-year-olds; the Novice team is 9- and 10-year-olds; Junior Varsity players are 11 and 12; the Varsity is made up of players who are 13 and 14 years old. Those in High School are not allowed to play youth football.